Overall I really enjoyed this forth movie in this series and it’s probably my favourite so far (although Dark of the Moon is a close second). I think it would have taken a lot for me not to have enjoyed it, it did after all have Optimus Prime riding Grimlock into battle; come on what else do we need? Hound was an excellent addition to the Autobots ranks, a lot of his attitude came from John Goodman’s vocal work which with the look of Hound worked so well. Whoever decided to have Hound in this movie, and like this deserves a pat on the back.
I like Mark Wahlberg and he was good in this, the standout human character for me though was Kelsey Grammer. I’ve not seen him in this sort of role before and I personally think he aced it.
Now for what I didn’t like:
The biggest thing, and I’ve talked about this before, is the lack of continuity between these films. None of them make any sense in relation to the other. Why not work from the back-story from the third movie as I think that was the strongest? But it probably wasn’t thought of until they came to write the third film.
I didn’t get the bounty hunter element in this film, I’m a fan of the original cartoon but I haven’t seen all of the episodes and comics etc. so maybe that’s a storyline I’ve missed but it just didn’t really work for me. Nor did Galvatron’s origin and how he, and his minions, transformed. If you’re going to introduce Galvatron, introduce Unicron. Every sin from the previous live action movies would have been forgotten for me if they had introduced Unicron. That storyline alone is ready made and I really can’t fathom why they aren’t tapping it. I can only hope it’s further down the line.
I’m not going to go into any plot holes except the one where they’re trying to get the ‘seed’ out of Hong Kong; why didn’t Drift take it? Not only was he a Bugatti Veyron, but also a helicopter (why this character couldn’t have been Springer?) so couldn’t he have flown it out of the city?
As a general rule I do like Michael Bay’s movies, I know he has his critics but the movie going public like the beats he puts into his films. Even though I have things I truly hate about the four, live action, Transformer films I can watch them over and over again as they are a lot of fun.
Overall, I really enjoyed Transformers: Age of Extinction. Turn your brain off at the door and enjoy watching giant robots kicking the steel out of each other. I’ve seen it twice, and could quite easily go and see it again 😊